Ford C-Max

Ford C-Max Motability car frontThe 2015 Ford C-Max is based on the Ford Focus, so it’s no surprise that it is good fun to drive. Sharp steering, sporty suspension and punchy engines ensure this is no ordinary MPV. Whether you’re driving alone or with the family, the C-Max feels solid on the motorway, but remarkably capable on a twisting B-road. It shames rivals like the Citroen C4 Picasso, the Vauxhall Meriva and even the new Golf SV in this department. Comfort levels are excellent, apart from the fifth passenger who needs to be slim of hip and shoulder to avoid being pinned to the seat by the fellow rear passengers, there is excellent boot space of 471 litres that can be further enhanced by folding the seats flat individually.

 

Ford C-Max Motability car dashThe C-Max is available in Zetec, Titanium or Titanium X.  Entry-level Zetec cars come with 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, heated door mirrors, air-con and a DAB radio. Titanium cars get 17-inch alloys, automatic lights and wipers, climate control, a start button and cruise control, while range-topping Titanium X cars add luxuries like xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, electric controls for driver seat, part-leather seats, heated front seats and five spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. The C-Max has inherited the Focus’ more modern interior, with the same piano-black centre console, smart dials and high-quality materials. Titanium models and above now get the voice control SYNC2 system paired to a 8″ touchscreen.

 

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The entry engine choice is a 120bhp petrol that offers a disappointing 44.1 miles per gallon, the two 1.0 EcoBoost models (99 or 123bhp) provide plenty of shove, but if you regularly carry a full set of passengers, then a diesel might be a better bet. Our pick of the range is the entry-level 118bhp 1.5 TDCi diesel, offering a decent amount of power and a claimed economy of 68.9 miles per gallon. This engine can now be paired to the Dual Clutch Powershift automatic gearbox.

The new, more powerful 2.0-litre version with 150bhp offers a decent slug of torque, and feels much more capable with five people on board. The six-speed manual gearbox is fast and precise, while a twin-clutch Powershift automatic offering 58.9 miles per gallon.

The Automatic C-Max starts at £1895 Advance Payment, there is better value to be had elsewhere.

Spring Best Buy – Ford C-Max 1.5 diesel Manual Titanium with Sat Nav  –  £495 Advance Payment (£62.64 wpms)